! 1 JL U J-JLUI U/lsfs nothing; only if you had told me I would have powdered my hair.' 96. To HORACE MANN. Houghton, Oct. 8th, 1742. I HAVE not heard from you this fortnight; if I don't receive a letter to-morrow, I shall be quite out of humour. It is true, of late I have written to you but every other post; but then I have been in the country, in Norfolk, in Siberia! You were still at Florence, in the midst of Kings of Sardinia, Montemars, and Neapolitan neutralities; your letters are my only diversion. As to German news, it is all so simple that I am peevish : the raising of the siege of Prague *, and Prince Charles and Marechal Maillebois playing at hunt the squirrel, have disgusted me from inquiring about the war. The Earl laughs in his great chair, and sings a bit of an old ballad, 'They both did fight, they both did beat, they both did run away, They both [did] strive again to meet the quite contrary way.' Apropos! I see in the papers that a Marquis de Beauvau escaped out of Prague with the Prince de Deuxpons2 and the Due de Brissac3; was it our Prince Beauvau? At last the mighty monarch does not go to Flanders, after making the greatest preparations that ever were made but by Harry the Eighth, and the authors of the Grand Cyrus and the illustrious Bassa *: you may judge by the quantity of napkins, which were to the amount of nine hundred dozen— indeed, I don't recollect that ancient heroes were ever so LETTEB 96.—l On September 14. 2 Christian TV, Prince de Deux Ponts (Zweibruoten), 1785-1775. 8 Jean Paul Timole'on de Coss6 (1698-1784), Duo de Brissac, Mar<§-chal de ]?rance. * Artamine, ou le grand, Cyrus; Ibrahim^ ou I'lllustre Bassa, both, by Madeleine de Scudery, although, the latter bears the name of her brother, Georges de Scudery.